A N D Y C O L E - S I T E M A N A G E R
Andy began a career in Construction when he joined the Royal Engineers in 1996. He was firstly trained as a Combat Engineer, this qualified him in excavations, concreting, and construction of roads, tracks and bridges. Following this he qualified as a Design Draughtsman in 2000, which was to become his main trade.
Based in Hameln in Germany, he deployed to the Middle East, initially to Oman to design temporary accommodation and a field hospital as well as other small works. In Iraq he had an involvement with bridge construction during the conflict before switching to accommodation design. Promotion meant Andy was based in the West Midlands where he oversaw all draughting operations in the remote overseas locations of Brunei, Nepal, Kenya, Belize and Canada. Most work was producing designs for small scale work to enhance the existing infrastructure, he was also required to design a 2 storey reinforced structure in Nepal to be used for recruiting the Nepalese into the British Army.
Before leaving the Royal Engineers after a 22 year career, Andy was based in the Falkland Islands for over 3 years. Looking after a multi traded team the majority of his work was ensuring a significant quantity of construction equipment was held at high readiness. Andy would frequently be requested to provide various construction related advice, whilst also proposing and implementing improvements to enhance the capability his team provided.
Following retiring from the Army in 2018, Andy has worked South West as site manager. He has worked in Launceston in Cornwall, Westward Ho! and Barnstaple in North Devon, constructing houses and flats both for social housing and the open market.
Andy is a keen runner, he has raised money for charity completing marathons and half marathons in the past. He enjoys exploring the South West Coastal path and Exmoor with his wife and two children.